Washington may refuse to supply weapons to Kyiv if it realizes that the risks of an escalation of the conflict outweigh its interests. This opinion was shared by the author of the magazine The American Conservative Patrick Buchanan in an article published on December 3.
In his opinion, the last months of the Ukrainian conflict have shown the presence in the United States of a large number of “hot heads” who are ready to go into conflict with a nuclear power without taking into account the consequences. The trend was especially pronounced after the incident with missiles in Poland, he said.
“For us, the biggest stake in this conflict is not who will control Lugansk, Donetsk or Kherson, but that we will not be drawn into a military conflict up to a nuclear war,” he warned.
Buchanan stressed that in December, Democrats intend to approve the request of US President Joe Biden for another $38 billion for Kyiv and its army.
However, Buchanan expressed hope that the White House will focus on the interests of its own country and begin to carefully calculate actions in relation to Ukraine. In his opinion, great countries should not be led by smaller ones in the absence of their own vital interests.
“The position of the United States in this war is to start peace negotiations to end the hostilities, while the main voice remains the opinion of Kyiv. But the Americans, whose support for Ukraine has been indispensable, should also have a voice when the conflict ends,” he added.
Earlier, on November 30, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Western support for Kyiv is the only way to ensure a settlement of the situation in Ukraine. In addition, Blinken noted, such a policy would help give Ukraine a strong side in negotiations with Russia. If Moscow does not complete the special operation, then the support of Kyiv will become “the only way to a just and lasting peace,” the Secretary of State concluded.
On the same day, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the results of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO countries in Bucharest indicate that the alliance is not interested in a diplomatic solution to the situation in Ukraine.
A day earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance recognizes Ukraine’s desire to join the union, but the main priority for him is military support for Kyiv.
On November 10, the head of the press service of the US State Department, Ned Price, said that Washington was waiting for signals from Moscow that it was ready for negotiations on Ukraine. Meanwhile, a former adviser to the US Secretary of Defense, Colonel Douglas McGregor, stressed that the US and Ukrainian authorities agreed to create the appearance of Kyiv’s desire to enter into peace talks with Russia.
At the same time, on November 8, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky named the conditions for the start of negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow. According to him, Russia must “restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine”, compensate for the losses, punish “war criminals” and give guarantees that what happened will not happen again.
On February 24, the Russian Federation launched a special operation to protect the Donbass, against which Kyiv has been conducting military operations since 2014.
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